While Europe Slept

While Europe Slept

How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West From Within

Book - 2006
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The struggle for the soul of Europe today is every bit as dire and consequential as it was in the 1930s. Then, in Weimar, Germany, the center did not hold, and the light of civilization nearly went out. Today, the continent has entered yet another “Weimar moment.” Will Europeans rise to the challenge posed by radical Islam, or will they cave in once again to the extremists?

As an American living in Europe since 1998, Bruce Bawer has seen this problem up close. Across the continent—in Amsterdam, Oslo, Copenhagen, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, and Stockholm—he encountered large, rapidly expanding Muslim enclaves in which women were oppressed and abused, homosexuals persecuted and killed, “infidels” threatened and vilified, Jews demonized and attacked, barbaric traditions (such as honor killing and forced marriage) widely practiced, and freedom of speech and religion firmly repudiated.

The European political and media establishment turned a blind eye to all this, selling out women, Jews, gays, and democratic principles generally—even criminalizing free speech—in order to pacify the radical Islamists and preserve the illusion of multicultural harmony. The few heroic figures who dared to criticize Muslim extremists and speak up for true liberal values were systematically slandered as fascist bigots. Witnessing the disgraceful reaction of Europe’s elites to 9/11, to the terrorist attacks on Madrid, Beslan, and London, and to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Bawer concluded that Europe was heading inexorably down a path to cultural suicide.

Europe's Muslim communities are powder kegs, brimming with an alienation born of the immigrants’ deep antagonism toward an infidel society that rejects them and compounded by misguided immigration policies that enforce their segregation and empower the extremists in their midst. The mounting crisis produced by these deeply perverse and irresponsible policies finally burst onto our television screens in October 2005, as Paris and other European cities erupted in flames.

WHILE EUROPE SLEPT is the story of one American’s experience in Europe before and after 9/11, and of his many arguments with Europeans about the dangers of militant Islam and America’s role in combating it. This brave and invaluable book—with its riveting combination of eye-opening reportage and blunt, incisive analysis—is essential reading for anyone concerned about the fate of Europe and what it portends for the United States.

Baker & Taylor
Provides a look at the increasing threat of Muslim immigration and explains why Europe, hampered by political correctness and anti-American sentiment, has become helpless to stop the growth of Islamic extremism within their own countries.

& Taylor

The author of A Place at the Table provides a close-up look at the increasing threat of Muslim immigration and explains why Europe, hampered by political correctness and anti-American sentiment, has become helpless to stop the growth of Islamic extremism within their individual countries. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385514729
Characteristics: 247 p. ; 25 cm


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Aug 25, 2013

The book asks "how can a western European society of tolerance deal with an aggressively intolerant minority?" That minority suppresses equal rights for women and encourages revenge murders, among other things, which are illegal under the host country’s laws and against western society’s moral code. The combination of the author’s personal experiences and reported data make it clear that lines must be drawn, because a multicultural society can only work when all the players agree with the tolerance goals. Government policies at the time of his writing were nominally like “separate but equal”, however turning over neighborhoods to the Imams is abdicating responsibility for the people who live there. His examples also challenge one to think about how hard those lines are to draw. Worth reading.

Jan 20, 2012

The author seems to relate anecdotal experiences its rather chilling to read that youth watching actual beheadings are ceering on the purportrators and wheh confronted these same youth do not have any idea they are doing wrong by such cheering.
It seems the character of Isamists is strained for decency and moral behavrior.
There are some bright spots -- website of interest is:
http;//www.freemuslims.org, which is an attempt at showing some muslims are against terrorism. Europeans are not demanding enough, and we too can relate -- immigrants to a country either should integrate, for their benefit as well as the host country's benefit.
The chapters were way too long, and should have been focused better. As it is now, its a collection of seemingly desparate stories, based mostly on the authors experience, which is always a suspect in these types of books.
One star is all I can give, sorry.


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